Journal article

Climate change: challenges and opportunities to scale up surgical, obstetric, and anaesthesia care globally

Lina Roa, Lotta Velin, Jemesa Tudravu, Craig D McClain, Aaron Bernstein, John G Meara

The Lancet Planetary Health | ELSEVIER SCI LTD | Published : 2020

Abstract

Climate change affects human health in a myriad of ways, requiring reassessment of the nature of scaling up care delivery and the effect that care delivery has on the environment. 5 billion people do not have access to safe and timely surgical care, and the quantity and severity of conditions that require surgical, obstetric, and anaesthesia care will increase substantially as a result of climate change. However, surgery is resource intensive and contributes substantially to greenhouse-gas emissions. In response to climate change, the surgical, obstetric, and anaesthesia community has a key role to play to ensure that a scale-up of service delivery incorporates mitigation and adaptation stra..

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